Over months of pregnancy, parents do everything they can to ensure the baby’s delivery goes smoothly. While many babies come into this worth healthy, there is a chance that certain birth injuries can occur in the event that a doctor acts negligently during their delivery. These injuries can impact a child for the rest of their life, leading to significant physical, emotional, and financial damages. While recovering financial compensation cannot solve everything, it can help cover these damages. If your child sustained a birth injury, it is important to contact an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney for help with your case.
What are Common Birth Injuries?
Different birth injuries can occur as a result of negligence during the delivery. Two common birth injuries are cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy. Cerebral palsy is usually caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. This can affect a child through mental handicaps, speech impairment, hearing problems, sight problems, difficulty walking, seizures, muscle spasms, and more. These situations are usually preventable unless a doctor fails to detect or treat infections during pregnancy, monitor fetal heart rate, detect a prolapsed umbilical cord, or perform a cesarean when necessary. Erb’s palsy can occur due to injured nerves in the arm, causing paralysis. A doctor may cause this by excessively pulling or twisting the child during birth.
Why do I Need an Attorney?
Medical malpractice can be a frightening time in a person’s life. It is important to know that these lawsuits can be hard to win. That is why it is important to enlist the help of a skilled and aggressive attorney to take on their case. An attorney can gather the necessary evidence to present to the court in order to fight for rightful compensation.
How Long Do I Have to Sue in New York?
When a person wants to pursue legal action after a birth injury, they should be aware of the statute of limitations. This is a deadline regarding how long an injured party or their guardian has to file a personal injury claim. If they do not meet this deadline, the injured party may lose their opportunity to recover compensation. In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is three years.
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A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!